16 Jan 2020
Among all the security features available today, two-factor authentication (2FA) is by far one of the most important, and apparently, Google is aware of that! In their most recent iOS “Smart Lock” app update, they included a feature that will allow you to use your iPhone as a physical 2FA device. After you set it up in Chrome, when someone attempts to log onto your account using a nearby device, Google will send you push notification on your iPhone via Bluetooth (if it’s close enough), notifying you of the attempted login. All you have to do is unlock your phone and accept or decline.
This feature has been available to Android users now for a while, but this new update now makes it available to most smartphone users.
On the bright side, not only is it convenient, but Smart Lock can also be used in tandem with Google’s strongest defense against phishing attacks, “Advanced Protection Program,” meaning your smartphone will be extremely secure against potential threats.